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    Court to Weigh Legal Rule That Nixed Hernandez Conviction
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    Aaron Hernandez sits in the courtroom of the Attleboro District Court during his hearing on August 22, 2013 after being charged with the murder of former New England Patriot Aaron Hernandez. He was later convicted and given a life sentence, but the conviction was vacated due to a legal technicality after he committed suicide in his prison cell. (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)

    Massachusetts' high court will consider whether the state should get rid of a centuries-old legal principle that erased Aaron Hernandez's murder conviction after the former New England Patriots tight end killed himself.

    The Supreme Judicial Court recently announced that it will take up Hernandez's case and examine the legal principle under which courts typically erase the convictions of defendants who die before their direct appeals can be heard.

    Hernandez's murder conviction in the killing of Odin Lloyd was dismissed after Hernandez was found hanging in his cell last year.

    A single Supreme Judicial Court justice last year denied prosecutors' request to reinstate Hernandez's conviction.

    Hernandez was acquitted of killing Daniel de Abreu and Safiro Furtado days before his prison suicide.

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